President Donald Trump just signed his third bipartisan legislation in two weeks aimed at speeding up the appeals process for veterans claims.
Attorney John Wells had this to say about the legislation: “HR 2288 is a bad bill that only make it easier for the VA to deny claims. Without the duty to assist, the veteran and his or her representative is left with the Freedom of Information Act as the only means to obtain critical documents. This process often takes months or years. Additionally, the veteran will have to absorb the cost of research and copying. While the VA currently will obtain documents such as medical records from non-federal sources, that right will evaporate at the appellate stage. Veterans will have to obtain those records themselves and pay the significant research and copy costs that are routinely waived for the Veterans Affairs.”
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